Japan's upper house has unanimously approved a revision to the Copyright Law making downloading of pirated content illegal. The revision will go into effect on Jan. 1.
Masao Morita, the son of Sony co-founder Akio Morita, has taken the helm at Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan. CEO Ken Munakata is stepping down.
Distrib Toho and its partners have decided to advance screen the last pic of the smash hit "20th Century Boys" sci-fi action trilogy minus its ending.
Fox Japan is among nine companies set to get a license to operate a satellite broadcast web in Japan, but Disney's request for a free-to-air service has been nixed.
Japanese helmer-scribe Koki Mitani's new musical comedy "Talk Like Singing" will run Nov. 11-22 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in Gotham.
The Mouse House will launch Disney XD, a cable strand for boys, in Japan in August.
The 20th and final pic in the "Diary of a Fishing Fool" franchise -- a favorite with Japanese audiences since 1988 -- will be released by Shochiku on Dec. 26.
Skip City International D-Cinema Festival has announced its lineup for its 2009 edition, skedded to unspool July 10-20 in Kawaguchi, a Tokyo satellite city. The fest is the first in the world to…
Horror maestro Takashi Shimizu, helmer of "The Grudge" series, including the two U.S. remakes, has starting shooting his first feature pic in three years, "The Shock Labyrinth," distrib Asmik Ace…
The prexy and employee of a company that webcasts TV shows to Japanese expats abroad have been taken into custody by Tokyo police for alleged copyright violations.
Like Hollywood, the Japanese biz has discovered B.O. gold in repurposing old toons as live-action CG extravaganzas.